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The Lalama brothers have logged plenty of miles in the jazz world, but Erie Avenue, so named for the street where the brothers grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is the first record they've ever put out together.
. Each man has carved out his own niche over the years, but time has done nothing to diminish the musical connection and chemistry shared between these brothers; they speak the same language, which they learned together long ago, and they love the musical conversations they have.
Erie Avenue brings the Lalama brothers together with the formidable rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington
's heralded trio, but both men also have history with Ralph Lalama; they served as his rhythm section on Feelin' And Dealin' (Criss Cross, 1990), so this album serves as a reunion-of-sorts for all of them.
Together, this foursome gets funky ("Erie Avenue"), swings through the classics ("Four Brothers"), and delivers a winning tribute to the late Dennis Irwin
into the party with his G mezzo soprano saxophone on two numbers"Two For Two" and the calypso-leaning "Five Brothers." They also go it as a duo on the soulful "The Gospel According To..." and "Everything Happens To Me," which has Dave Lalama pulling double duty as singer and pianist.
The Lalama brothers have earned their jazz stripes a hundred times over by now, so they have nothing to prove, but they continue to push forward and spread the gospel of this great music. May they continue to keep on doing their thing(s)together and apartfor many years to come.
Track Listing: Erie Avenue; Two For Two; Portrait Of Jennie; Five Brothers; Nofrey And Jennie; Four Brothers; Till We Meet Again; Firm Roots; The Gospel According To...; Everything Happens To Me.
Personnel: Ralph Lalama: tenor saxophone; Dave Lalama: piano; Peter Washington: bass; Kenny Washington: drums; Joe Lovano: G mezzo soprano saxophone (2, 4).